Razer Viper Mini Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Mar 19, 2020 at 09:18 am
Razer Viper Mini Picture
7.8
Mixed Usage
7.5
Office/Multimedia
5.2
Travel
8.9
Video Games (FPS)
8.5
Video Games (MMO)
9.0
Ultra-Light Gaming
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The Razer Viper Mini is an excellent wired gaming mouse. It's the smaller version of the regular Razer Viper and is one of the lightest mice we've tested so far. While its sensor performance isn't quite as good as the other mice in the Viper lineup, it's still superb and its low click latency ensures a responsive and lag-free gaming experience. Due to its small size, it's best suited for a fingertip grip, and any hand size should be able to use it with this grip type. Unfortunately, it doesn't have as many additional side buttons as the other Viper mice, but on the bright side, every button is programmable.

Our Verdict

7.8 Mixed Usage

The Razer Viper Mini is a very good wired mouse for a variety of uses. It's very comfortable for all hand sizes with a fingertip grip, and those with smaller hands should be able to use it comfortably with palm or claw grip as well. It has two additional side buttons on the left side that can be reprogrammed within Razer's Synapse 3 software, and the mouse features on-board memory so you can maintain your settings when switching computers. The performance is superb, and it has outstandingly low latency, so you shouldn't notice any lag. Fans of ultra-light mice will also appreciate how lightweight this mouse is.

Pros
  • Very lightweight.
  • Outstandingly low click latency.
  • Superb sensor performance.
  • Great cable with minimal kinks and drag.
Cons
  • Small design may not be comfortable for larger hands.
  • CPI range isn't as wide and adjustable as most Razer mice.
7.5 Office/Multimedia

The Razer Viper Mini is a good mouse for office or multimedia use. Its straightforward design feels comfortable enough to last a full work day and it has two additional buttons on the left side which can be reprogrammed. Unfortunately, its mouse wheel doesn't have any L/R tilt buttons or horizontal scrolling to help scroll through Excel spreadsheets. Its scroll wheel is also incremented and can't be unlocked to infinite scroll through long websites or large documents. On the bright side, the mouse is compatible with both Windows and macOS, and while you can only customize it on a Windows PC, you can save your settings on the mouse and use them on a Mac.

5.2 Travel

The Razer Viper Mini isn't recommended for travel. Like most wired gaming mice, it's designed to stay at home with your gaming setup, and its wired-only design will likely be cumbersome in a tight space, like on a plane. On the bright side, it's quite small and lightweight, and should easily fit into most larger laptop cases.

8.9 Video Games (FPS)

The Razer Viper Mini is a superb FPS gaming mouse. It's very lightweight, and its incredibly low click latency means even competitive gamers shouldn't notice any delay or lag. The sensor performance is also excellent, and while its max CPI isn't quite as high as some other options, it's likely still higher than most people will use. Every button on the mouse can be reprogrammed within the software, and the cable is flexible and doesn't create drag on the desk. The mouse is also quite comfortable and should be suitable for any hand size with a fingertip grip.

8.5 Video Games (MMO)

While the Razer Viper Mini is a very good mouse for MMO games thanks to its outstanding sensor performance and click latency, it doesn't have nearly as many additional buttons as dedicated MMO mice. There are only two additional side buttons, though every button on the mouse can be remapped, and you can set a profile switch button to add an additional layer. The Viper Mini should be comfortable and well-built enough to last through the longest of gaming marathons.

9.0 Ultra-Light Gaming

The Razer Viper Mini is a remarkable mouse for fans of ultra-light gaming. Despite having a traditional, non-honeycomb pattern, it's still among one of the lightest mice we've tested so far. Its gaming performance and click latency are both superb, and it should be quite comfortable for any size hand with a fingertip grip.

  • 7.8 Mixed Usage
  • 7.5 Office/Multimedia
  • 5.2 Travel
  • 8.9 Video Games (FPS)
  • 8.5 Video Games (MMO)
  • 9.0 Ultra-Light Gaming

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Razer Viper Mini looks almost identical to the larger Razer Viper, but slightly shrunk down. It shares the same sleek, all-black design, but on top of having an RGB logo on the back, the Mini also has a small strip of RGB around the bottom rear of the mouse. It also has a CPI switch button below the mouse wheel.

Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
87 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
61 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
61 g

The Razer Viper Mini is extremely lightweight, especially if you use a bungee for the wire. Due to its smaller size, it's a bit lighter than the regular Razer Viper.

5.8
Design
Portability
Length 4.6" (11.7 cm)
Height 1.5" (3.9 cm)
Width 2.4" (6.1 cm)
Volume
16.96 Cu. Inch (278 Cu. centimeter)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No

Like most wired gaming mice, the Razer Viper Mini isn't the most portable, and it's intended to stay at home with your gaming setup. While the mouse is likely small enough to fit into most larger laptop cases, the wire may be cumbersome and make it difficult to use in smaller spaces, like on a plane.

8.5
Design
Build Quality

This mouse feels very well-built and solid. Its build quality is the same as the regular Razer Viper or the Razer Viper Ultimate, and there's no rattling or wobbling. The feet slide well and feel slightly better than the ones found on the regular Viper.

8.5
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
No
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
Yes
Grip Width
60 mm

While this mouse is very comfortable to use, its smaller size makes it slightly less comfortable than the regular Razer Viper or the Razer Viper Ultimate. Unlike the regular Viper, there are no grips on the sides, so it may slide a little more during extended gaming sessions.

Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Palm Grip: Small Hand
Yes
Palm Grip: Medium Hand
No
Palm Grip: Large Hand
No
Palm Grip: X.Large Hand
No

Due to its small size, this mouse won't be comfortable to use with a palm grip for most people. Only those with small hands will likely be able to comfortable palm grip this mouse without their fingers sticking too far off the front.

Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Claw Grip: Small Hand
Yes
Claw Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Claw Grip: Large Hand
No
Claw Grip: X.Large Hand
No

Due to its small form factor, using a claw grip requires heavy curling of the fingers if you have larger hands. If you use a claw grip, it'll likely be most comfortable for people with small or medium hands.

Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Fingertip Grip: Small Hand
Yes
Fingertip Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Fingertip Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Fingertip Grip: X.Large Hand
Yes

This mouse is best used with a fingertip grip. Due to its small size, this is the recommended grip type, and anyone should be able to use it comfortably with a fingertip grip.

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Design
Wireless
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries
Use When Charging
No
On/Off Activation
None

The Razer Viper Mini is a wired-only mouse.

8.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.1 ft (1.9 m)
Braided
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
USB

The cable on the Razer Viper Mini is great. It uses the same cable that comes packaged with the Razer Viper Ultimate, and is slightly more flexible and maintains fewer kinks than the regular Razer Viper's cable.

Design
In The Box

Control
Control
Sensor
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Works On Glass
No
9.0
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
6 ms

The click latency of the Razer Viper Mini is superb. Even competitive gamers shouldn't notice any delay or lag.

9.3
Control
Performance
Minimum CPI (DPI)
200 CPI (DPI)
Maximum CPI (DPI)
8500 CPI (DPI)
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
100 CPI (DPI)
CPI (DPI) Error
1.9 %
Mouse Acceleration
No
Lift Off Distance
2.4 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The performance of the Razer Viper Mini is outstanding. While its max CPI isn't as high as the other mice in the Viper lineup, it should still be more than sensitive enough for most people. It's also not quite as adjustable, as it steps in increments of 100, instead of 50 like most other Razer mice. The polling rate can be set to 125, 500, or 1000Hz, though since it's a wired mouse and you don't need to worry about battery life, you'll likely want to use it at its highest polling rate anyways. Like with the Razer Viper Ultimate, we noticed a much higher CPI error when using the mouse slowly, at just over 7%, while we registered around -3% error when using quick movements.

8.3
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Optical And Mechanical
Number Of Buttons
6
Number Of Programmable Inputs
8
Profile Switching Button
Yes
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes

Unlike other mice in the Viper lineup that have two side buttons on both the left and right side of the mouse, the Razer Viper Mini only has two additional buttons on the left side. On the bright side, you can reprogram every button on the mouse, including the up/down scroll. You can also set one of the buttons to switch profiles, giving you extra layers.

6.0
Control
Mouse Wheel
Vertical Wheel
Physical
Vertical Wheel Incremented
Yes
Vertical Wheel Unlock Button
No
Vertical Wheel Tilt
No
Horizontal Wheel
None
Horizontal Wheel Incremented
No horizontal Wheel

The mouse wheel of the Razer Viper Mini is incremented and feels similar to the other Viper mice. It's fairly quiet and feels sturdy with no wobble. On the downside, there's no L/R tilt buttons or horizontal scrolling.

Operating System And Software
8.0
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name Razer Synapse 3
Software Windows Compatibility
Yes
Software macOS Compatibility
No
Account Needed
No
On-Board Memory
Yes
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
Yes
Polling Rate Adjustment
Yes
Profile Configuration
Yes
RGB On/Off
Yes

The Razer Viper Mini is compatible with Razer's Synapse 3 software to customize the button mapping or RGB lighting. It also has on-board memory, so you can save your settings to the mouse and switch computers without losing your settings, which is great.

8.3
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Partially

The Razer Viper Mini works with both Windows and macOS out-of-the-box, but since the software can't be installed on macOS, you can't remap any of the buttons. Luckily, this mouse has on-board memory, so you can reprogram the settings on a Windows PC, and maintain them when you switch to a Mac.

Compared to other mice

The Razer Viper Mini is the smaller version of the Razer Viper. Its sensor performance isn't quite as good as the other mice in the Viper line, though it's still outstanding. Those with larger hands may want to consider the Razer Viper or the Razer Viper Ultimate, but if you like ultra-light mice, the Mini is likely the way to go. You can also check out our recommendations for the best mice, the best wired mice, and the best FPS mice.

Razer Viper
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The Razer Viper Mini and the regular Razer Viper are both excellent wired gaming mice. The Mini is a bit lighter and smaller, making it better for fans of ultra-light mice or those with smaller hands. The cable of the Mini feels a bit better and maintains fewer kinks, but the sensor performance of the regular Viper is better, and it has a wider and more adjustable CPI range. The full-sized Viper also has two additional buttons on both sides, as opposed to just on the left side on the Mini. 

SteelSeries Rival 3
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The Razer Viper Mini is a better wired gaming mouse than the SteelSeries Rival 3. The Mini is lighter, feels better built, is more comfortable, has a better cable, and has lower click latency. On the other hand, the Rival 3's software is compatible with both Windows and macOS, and the mouse is better suited for claw grip for people with any hand size.

Razer DeathAdder V2
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Amazon.com

The Razer DeathAdder V2 and the Razer Viper Mini are two fairly similar performing mice, but they're made for different grips. The DeathAdder V2 is more suited for a claw grip while the Viper Mini is great for a fingertip grip. They both have similar lightweight cables, but the body of the Viper Mini is noticeably lighter than the DeathAdder V2. On the other hand, the DeathAdder V2 has Razer's latest high-end sensor, which performs slightly better than the Viper Mini's sensor.

Glorious Model O
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The Razer Viper Mini and the Glorious Model O are two excellent gaming mice. The Razer is lighter than the Glorious Model O, although the Model O minus is even lighter. The Razer Viper Mini is smaller than the Model O and should be closer in size to the Model O minus. The cable on the Model O feels slightly lighter.

Finalmouse Ultralight 2 - Cape Town
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Amazon.com

The Razer Viper Mini is a better wired gaming mouse than the Finalmouse Ultralight 2 - Cape Town. The Mini is better for people with extra-large hands when using a fingertip grip, has a lower click latency, RGB lighting, a wider CPI range, and has software available to customize the mouse and remap the buttons. On the other hand, the Ultralight 2 is even lighter, making it a better option for fans of the lightest possible gaming experience.

Razer Viper Ultimate
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Amazon.com

The Razer Viper Ultimate is a slightly better gaming mouse than the Razer Viper Mini. The Mini is wired-only, while the Ultimate can be used wired or wireless. The Ultimate is slightly more comfortable due to its larger size, has more programmable buttons, and has a wider and more adjustable CPI range. While the Ultimate may be better for people with larger hands, smaller hands will likely get a better grip with the Mini, especially if using a fingertip grip.

Cooler Master MM710
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The Razer Viper Mini is a better wired gaming mouse than the Cooler Master MM710. The Mini feels much better-built, is a bit more comfortable, has lower click latency, and has more programmable buttons. On the other hand, the MM710 is even lighter, and has a higher max CPI, though few people will likely ever use it at its max CPI setting.

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